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September 6, 2011

READERS' MEMORIES: SEPT. 11, 2001

I was home sick from work on 9/11. I was chatting online with my best friend and we both were watching the "Today" show. We saw Matt Lauer interrupted with the news bulletin of the first tower crash. I remember commenting that it was so surreal that it sounded like a movie being staged. Then the second plane hit and all that was dispelled.

Michael P. Reilly

Salem

I live in North Carolina now, but on 9/11, I was in Salem, which is where I was born and raised. My mom had just passed away and I was there because I was the executor of mom's will, taking care of attorney business and trying to get the will settled. I was up early and had turned on the TV to listen to the morning news until my sister got up. While making breakfast, the newscasters went crazy and I sat down to watch. I couldn't believe my eyes! I did watch while the second plane went into the building. It sent chills up my spine and I was very saddened by watching the people with fear on their faces running for their lives. Then when I saw those that jumped out the windows I was mad! By then we knew it was a terrorist attack. I had plane reservations to go back to Florida where I lived and by midday I realized I would not be able to get out of Boston airport, as it was a crime scene and was closed. I walked down to Canal Street and rented a Hertz car immediately and was lucky I was there early and was able to secure a car for the trip home.

Arthur Goddu

Franklin, N.C.

On 9/11, my husband and I were on vacation in Williams Junction, Ariz., visiting the Grand Canyon. We had just put our home on the market in Danvers, left the marketing of the house to our real estate agent, and had gone on a long-planned vacation.

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